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[dih-skuhv-uh-ree] /dɪˈskʌv ə ri/
noun, plural discoveries.
the act or an instance of discovering.
something discovered.
Law. compulsory disclosure, as of facts or documents.
(initial capital letter, italics) U.S. Aerospace. the third space shuttle to orbit and return to earth.
Origin of discovery
1545-55; discover + -y3
Related forms
nondiscovery, noun, plural nondiscoveries.
prediscovery, noun, plural prediscoveries.
rediscovery, noun, plural rediscoveries.
self-discovery, noun, plural self-discoveries. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for discovery
  • The dramatic transformation gives the garden an appealing sense of discovery and maximizes its potential.
  • For the first time, a robotic system has made a novel scientific discovery with virtually no human intellectual input.
  • In her mind, she had made a major breakthrough, the kind of discovery that could establish a career.
  • The paleontologists say their discovery advances understanding of dinosaur evolution and diversification.
  • Too many delectable plants in all corners of her garden and nursery were awaiting our discovery.
  • discovery of a new dinosaur is always an exciting event.
  • Such a discovery was first announced, and then retracted, some years ago.
  • On the other hand, he knew that any discovery was morally neutral.
  • Before the day was out, he had started a list of potential uses for his discovery.
  • Yet the one whose discovery was announced this week is different.
British Dictionary definitions for discovery


noun (pl) -eries
the act, process, or an instance of discovering
a person, place, or thing that has been discovered
(law) the compulsory disclosure by a party to an action of relevant documents in his possession
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Word Origin and History for discovery

1550s, "fact of discovering;" see discover + -y (1). Earlier in this sense was discovering (mid-14c.). Meaning "that which is discovered" is from 1630s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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